Oct 20th Imagined: Canadian Musicians React to Justin Trudeau's Liberal Victory
It was a memorable few months, with the longest federal election campaign in the country's history finding the arts community quite vocal on its positions, whether on Twitter or via the grassroots concerts and social media branding of #ImagineOct20th.
Earlier today, we collected a number of last-minute calls for Canadians to hit the polls. With the election season now over, Exclaim! is looking back at the campaign by gathering a handful of post-election reactions from our country's music-makers.
Many were overwhelmed by the Liberal wave that swept from Atlantic Canada all the way to BC, and welcomed Stephen Harper's exit from Ottawa.
Holy shit the #LiberalParty is sweeping !!!!!!! DOWN WITH HARPER !— Braids (@braidsmusic) October 20, 2015
Liberal GUV, I'll take it! Sayonara Harper, you will certainly NOT BE MISSED. time to celebrate!! 💃🏻🍷💃🏻🍷💃🏻— louise burns (@_louiseburns_) October 20, 2015
For many, #ImagineOct20th came true.
we imagined it. and it came true. remember that next time you think the devils can't be beaten. #imagineoct20th— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) October 20, 2015
i love this fucked up country. #imagineoct20th— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) October 20, 2015
#imagineoct20th is here— Amy Millan (@amymillan) October 20, 2015
We imagined it and then it happened. #ImagineOct20th— Dan Mangan (@danmanganmusic) October 20, 2015
Some balanced their joy with the outcome of the election with that of the 11-8 Blue Jays win against the Kansas City Royals.
LIBERAL MAJORITY? JAYS WINNING? i'm selling this stupid coffee shop. everything is going right.— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) October 20, 2015
And some tweeted about the prospect of extending the Trudeau legacy.
"The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation." You know who said that? The new Canadian prime minister's DAD!— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) October 20, 2015
Others were hopeful for the sweeping changes a Liberal majority could bring, while likewise lamenting the loss of several dozen NDP seats across the country.
Love the result, uncertain of the lasting impact. We've lost some great NDP seats in parliament. Leslie, Stoffer, Cash, Nash, etc.— Aidan Knight (@aidanknight) October 20, 2015
for my bummed NDP brethren: this isn't the ideal. but at least we can start being a part of the conversation. let's move LEFT. it's HOME.— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) October 20, 2015
And, uh, we think Owen Pallett voted for the 6 God, but maybe he just gave the "Hotline Bling" video a like on Facebook.
I voted for Drake— Nightmare Mgmt (@owenpallett) October 20, 2015